Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on King

Sermon Illustrations on King

Palm Sunday- The King is Coming

 The King is coming

The people announce it.

It fills the streets like the perfume filled the house the night before.

“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!”


The King is coming.

The disciples remember it.

Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!

Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he,

humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.


Hosanna! The King is coming, triumphant and victorious

Riding into Jerusalem just like Solomon did centuries before

Ending the dispute over who’s the one true King


Jesus, Jesus is the King of kings

Greater than the Roman war machine

Greater than the Pax Romana

With Jesus its Eternal Peace-

wrong made right through humility, and vulnerability, and sacrifice

Eternal Peace- Pax Eterna


Zechariah 9:10

He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem;

and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations;

his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.


Hosanna! The King is coming.

The Anointed One- the Christ

Anointed by Mary in gratitude and love for raising her brother Lazarus from the dead

Anointed by Mary, blessed to reign as King forever

Anointed by Mary, blessed to bear God’s grace as high priest forever

Anointed by Mary, a holy sacrifice anointed for death

The last sacrifice ever needed

A sacrifice so great it overcomes all sin, all death, for all time


Hosanna! The King is coming. The King over death.

Jesus raised Lazarus

Only a few days later he’ll lay down his own life and take it up again

Hosanna! The King over death.

And he will raise us up as well.


Hosanna! The King over death.

All the little deaths. All the little injustices.

All the big deaths. All the big injustices.

Hosanna to the King over death.

Hosanna! Save now.


This is why so many are going after him.

He raised Lazarus from the dead.

This spectacular miracle.

This quick, spectacular fix.


This is what the people were testifying to.

Hosanna to the King of Israel.

Hosanna to the King over death.

Hosanna! Save now.


How many will go after him when his work becomes small?

When his work becomes slow?

When his work becomes sacrifice?


How many will go after him when his work includes our work?

When his work includes our “yes” – our time, our prayer, our money, our hands, our sacrifice

When the hungry come and Jesus says, “You feed them”

When the night of anguish comes and Jesus says, “stay awake, watch and pray with me”

When it’s time to deny ourselves, and take up our cross, and follow

Follow the King- the King of kings, the King of death, the King of sacrifice


Hosanna! The King is coming

Some want it to stop

Some say, “what can you do, the world has gone after him”

Have you gone after Him?

Are you following him?

testifying to him?

serving him?

trusting him?


The King is still coming

The gracious King

The King of kings

The King of death

The King of sacrifice


Our humble King

Our King, triumphant and victorious

Let us go after Him

The King is Coming © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

(Prayer of Adoration)

Lord of yesterday, today and tomorrow: 

You alone rule the universe;  

setting times and seasons according to Your will. 

While nations and king come and go,  

You, only, are King of kings and Lord of lords;  

immortal and all-knowing,  

never lacking power and wisdom. 

You are strong; and you are good!  

Therefore, we joyously and reverently call you God and King. 

(Prayer of Confession)

Yet, in spite of all we know of You –  

we are stubborn and rebellious still. 

We think ourselves wise – disregarding Your truth. 

We think ourselves strong – using violence to force our will. 

We think ourselves right –writing-off others and refusing to  

learn from them. 

We think ourselves good – ignoring our corruption and evil; 

pointing fingers and wagging tongues at others.  

Forgive our arrogance minds, self-centeredness hearts  

and ungracious spirits. 

Take away our hearts of stone; 

replace them with hearts of flesh, 

hearts that best after Your own heart. 

In silent moments, hear us confess what we’re too ashamed to name aloud – forgive and free us, Lord:  (Silence) 

 Richard Herman